PRETORIA, South Africa (CMC):
Barbadian Shawn Cox failed in his bid to secure the vacant World Cruiserweight title of the World Boxing Federation (WBF) at the Heartfelt Arena in South Africa on Saturday.
Cox suffered a first-round knock-out against the veteran South African Danie Venter in a WBF triple-header.
Already inside the first few seconds Venter knocked Cox down, and he didn't waste any time following up to finish the fight with some ferocious punching later in the round.
After the crowning moment of his 10 years as a professional, Venter, who represented his country in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, improved his ledger to 18-6 (13) while Cox, losing his second shot at world honours after winning a few regional titles, dropped to 17-3 (16).
In the co-feature of a massive card, South African Daniel Bruwer won the vacant WBF International Cruiserweight title with an impressive victory over Switzerland-based Algerian Sofiane Sebihi.
In the evening's third WBF title fight, up-and-comer Kevin Lerena also of South Africa captured his paid careers first championship when he captured the vacant All-Africa Cruiserweight crown in an explosive performance against Ghanaian and West African Champion Ibrahim Labaran.